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The Tulane baseball team scored six runs over the first three innings and shut down the Wichita State University Shockers over the final six frames to claim an 8-4 win in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium to sweep the day and claim the series.
Despite trading leads early, Tulane (21-11, 4-2 The American) piled up 11 hits, including four from freshman right fielder Hudson Haskin, and scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6-4 lead. The score remained close throughout the night, but the Green Wave added two insurance runs in the eighth inning to add a bit of breathing room late.
Tulane pitchers thrived in dangerous situations to shut the door after conceding runs in the first three innings, stranding nine Wichita State (18-14, 3-3) runners on base to help secure a series victory against American Athletic Conference rivals.
“I don’t think the kids had any kind of fear where the game was,” head coach Travis Jewett said. “[It’s a] big deal for us going down and being able to punch, and just keep punching.”
Tulane scored eight runs despite stranding 11 baserunners, in part because they were able to capitalize on three Wichita State errors. Tulane made no errors and held Wichita State to two hits in 12 tries with runners in scoring position.
Haskin had three RBI from his four hits, and junior third baseman Kody Hoese added two hits and two RBI, while sophomore starting pitcher Chase Solesky (3-2) combined with Robert Price, Justin Campbell, C.J. Whelan and Brendan Cellucci (2) to shut out the Shockers over the last six innings.
Solesky threw six innings, allowing four runs in the first three frames before settling in to hold the Shockers to just one hit and zero runs over the next three frames. Solesky struck out five while only conceding six hits. His lead was safe with Cellucci as he got the final five outs for the save.
Wichita State senior starting pitcher Clayton McGinnis (3-3) took the loss, lasting only two innings and giving up five runs on six hits.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning Hoese ripped a double down the left field line and Haskin drove him in with a single to right-centerfield. Luke Glancy followed with a third consecutive hit, a towering double off the left-center field wall to plate Haskin to give Tulane the lead at 2-1.
After Wichita State regained the lead at 3-2, Tulane saw three runs cross the plate in the second inning. With two outs, freshman catcher Aaron McKeithan drew a walk and a single off the bat of senior first baseman Trevor Jensen moved him to second base. Hoese belted his second double of the game, scoring both runners to put Tulane back in front. Haskin followed with his second run-scoring single of the contest, extending the lead to 5-3.
Grant Mathews and Jonathon Artigues led off the third inning with hits, and an intentional walk to junior shortstop Sal Gozzo loaded the bases. McKeithan proved patient once again, drawing an RBI walk to make it 6-4 Green Wave.
Solesky kept the game there until his day was done after six innings. Price relieved Solesky and threw a scoreless seventh inning. Tulane used Campbell, Whelan and Brendan Cellucci to escape the eighth inning unscathed after consecutive hits with one out.
In the bottom of the inning Haskins slashed his fourth hit to drive in Niemann before Jonathon Artigues reached on catcher’s interference to bring in another insurance run putting the game at 8-4.
Cellucci returned for the ninth inning, swiftly retiring the side to clinch the doubleheader sweep, and the series win. He attributed his recent success to a mechanical change made with the help of pitching coach Daniel Latham.
“Keeping my head towards the plate”, Cellucci said of the nature of his adjustment. “I’ve been able to fix that and just being able to keep everything going towards the plate instead of flying off helped me with all my pitches.”
Game 1: Tulane 12, Wichita State 6
The powerful bats of the Tulane offense led the Green Wave to a 12-6 victory over the Wichita State Shockers to claim the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
The Green Wave (20-11, 3-2 The American) earned eight of their 11 runs in the second inning to create a sizable lead Saturday. Although the Shockers (18-13, 3-2) posed a threat in the fifth and seventh innings by scoring a combined six runs, the Green Wave were able to seal the victory with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Senior Trevor Jensen led the Tulane offense, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Followed by Kody Hoese who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Frankie Niemann who went 2-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored.
Starter Keagan Gillies went 4.1 innings allowing five runs on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts before being relieved by Krishna Raj (3-0). Raj helped seal the victory going 4.2 innings allowing one run on four hits with one strikeout and no walks.
“That was huge, just being able to win both games today and come back from a sour taste after what happened,” Raj said. “It’s good we took two out of three and we played our best game today and that’s all that matters.”
Wichita State starter Ryan Stuempfig (1-1) went 1.1 innings allowing three runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in a quick outing in the loss as Tulane took the lead and never looked back early.
A leadoff single by Jonathon Artigues began what would be a stellar second inning for the Tulane offense, after a home run in the first by Hoese put Tulane up 1-0. A walk by Kobi Owen and a sacrifice bunt by Sal Gozzo would advance runners and set up a Jensen double that would score two, increasing the Green Wave lead to 3-0.
With only one out in the same inning, an intentional walk to Hoese and a walk to Hudson Haskin would load the bases for the Green Wave. A wild pitch would advance the runners and score Jensen, pushing the Green Wave lead to 4-0. A two-out double by Niemann would score two, making it 6-0 for the Green Wave.
Luke Glancy would then single to right field, pushing the lead to 7-0. A walk by Owen after a single from Artigues would load the bases with two outs, setting up a single to second base from Gozzo that would score two and push the Tulane lead to 9-0.
After a quiet couple of innings and six runs scored by the Shockers, a two-run home run from Owen in the bottom of the seventh would push the Green Wave lead to 11-6. After a Shockers pitching change, Gozzo would ground out to first base before Jensen doubled down the right field line and then score on a single by Hoese, sealing the Green Wave win and bringing the final score to 12-6.
The Tulane Green Wave will take on the Southeastern Louisiana Lions in their next game Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field in Hammond, Louisiana.